by Darryl, 10/22/2012, 5:23 PM

The last in a series of presidential debates is on tonight, featuring President Barack Hussein Obama II (D) and former Massachusetts Governor Willard Mitt Romney (R).

This debate will focus on foreign policy. But since Willard has little foreign policy experience beyond a courtesy visit to London (plus Israel and Poland) so that he could totally avoid watch Ann’s dressage horse compete in the Olympics, be prepared for the candidates to twist everything back into domestic issues.

I’ll be at the Montlake Ale House liveblogging as I can. Please join me there, or have fun in the comment threads, if you prefer.

6:04: Romney wins!!!! (the coin toss.)

6:05: Mitt opens with a lot of babbling and proclaims, “We can’t kill out of this mess.” Uh-huh.

6:08: “Gov. Romney, you strategy has been all over the map.” Certainly is was based on his opening answer.

6:09: Mitt wants “Gender equality”. Does he really know what he is saying? But this second answer is so babbly it’s hard to know what he is saying.

6:12: Obama hits Romney HARD on his inconsistent positions on foreign policy.

6:13: Romney hits Obama back on the “after the election” comment to Putin.

6:15: After a short bicker-fest, Obama comes out with a pretty coherent positive agenda.

6:18: Romney doesn’t have a plan for Syria…he just regurgitates factoids about the situation. Then, when he gets down to “action” points, his plan is what the Obama administration is ACTUALLY DOING RIGHT NOW. Sheesh!

6:21: Obama complements Romney on supporting the Obama administration on Libya and then punches him in the nose on his “mission creep” statement.

6:23: Mitt Romney tells us what “we all hear intelligence sources saying”. Damn…I can’t say…left my national security briefing binder at home.

6:27: Mitt declares himself a peacenik

6:28: Both candidates work in domestic issues. Obama did a better job sneaking it in. Romney criticizes the sequestration cuts…as if that’s Obama’s doing!

6:30: Mitt gives a speech directed toward the Priests of the Military Industrial Complex.

6:31: Obama does it again—turning the debate into a list of his accomplishments.

6:32: Obama hits below the belt…”[Romney] praised George Bush for his economic stewardship and Dick Cheney for ….”

6:34: Romney said “teacher’s unions” and Obama looked down! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooo……!!!!!!

6:36: We are now on the topic on whether class size makes a difference. In Afghanistan?!?

6:37: Obama gets surly while Romney babbles on about “his” education successes in MA.

6:39: No, Governor, we cannot afford to repeal Obamacare.

6:40: Obama gets his do-over from Debate 1: “five trillion dollar tax cuts…military spending that the military isn’t asking for…”

6:41: I’m watching NBC. Why is Obama on the right and Romney on the left? This is a conspiracy!!!!

6:42: Romney, “I balanced the budget for the Olympics”. Yes…Governor, with a little help of your taxpayer friends.

6:43: Obama finally defends himself against Romney’s bullshit of blaming Obama for sequestration cuts.

6:44: Obama lands a left hook with the “horses and bayonettes” zinger. Perhaps the best zinger of all three debates!

6:48: Mitt’s flaggey-flag pin is bigger. Obviously, he loves America more.

6:49: Mitt Romney thinks Ahmadinejad has committed more war crimes and crimes against humanity than George W. Bush and Dick Fucking Cheney???? Very curious.

6:51: We have about 20 folks at the Ale House who are, apparently, here for the debate.

6:54: Note to Obama…watch out for Tagg Romney running toward you….

6:55: Obama contrasts his visit to Israel with Romney’s…it seems pretty effective!

6:59: Mitt lets us know he has “a relationship with the Prime Minister of Israel.” No doubt he cultivated that relationship the same way he cultivated a relationship with the Prime Minister of the U.K.

7:01: Obama goes after Romney hard on his flip flopping. I noticed, he always ends those bits with a positive message. Good debate coaching.

7:04: Mitt just told all the terrorists when he will pull out of Afghanistan. Why does he hate our soldiers?

7:08: Bob: “Obama bin Laden”

7:10: I’ve heard Mitt say lots of things about Pakistan, but I am still not sure where he stands and what he would do?

7:11: Mitt drones on about his support for Drones. But, but, but, I thought we couldn’t “kill our way out of this”

7:14: Trending on Twitter (US): #horsesandbayonets

7:18: Via Twitter:

Abby Huntsman ‏@HuntsmanAbby
I’ve never heard two candidates agree more during what is suppose to be a “debate.”

7:17: Mitt wants to label China a “currency manipulator.” That will bring them to their knees.

7:21: Obama pushes the “Romney has bad political instincts” meme: outsourcing, “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt”, etc.

7:23: Mitt: “I would do nothing to hurt Detroit.” Obama calls him out on that bullshit.

7:25: “Governor, you keep on trying to airbrush history.” Look up history here.

7:28: Romney keeps bringing up the same old bullshit about how much worse things are now then they were when Obama came into office. Two words: “Bikini Graph

7:31: Mitt: “I want to see growing peace in this country.” Huh? This is the kind of thing that is said when politicians are on autopilot.

7:38: Promoted comment from Michael:

Moderate Mitt’s plans all seem to come down to being just like Obama, only white.

7:47: Debriefing: Michael nails it. Romney etch-a-sketched so far back to the center that he was, essentially, agreeing with Obama more than he was disagreeing. That ends up being a huge problem for him. After all, the power of incumbency is that given identical choices, the devil you know is better than the identical devil you don’t.

But, of course, the other problem is that by becoming The White Obama, he contradicts his past “non-Kenyan” self. You know, like most of the stuff he said in the G.O.P. primary. His strategy depends on potential moderate supporters not being disturbed by his total abdication of past positions. That may have worked 20 years ago, but in the age of The Twitter and a plethora of other social media…maybe not so much.

245 Responses to “Debate open thread”

1. Piltdown Man spews:

and obama’s foreign policy experience before being elected was??

2. Roger Rabbit spews:

@1 Why is that relevant? Why isn’t Obama’s foreign policy experience now the relevant consideration?

3. Darryl spews:

Piltdown Man @ 1,

Are you kidding? What with all his Kenyan and Indonesian Muslumey connections…he was obviously a expert in Jihad and terror!!!1!!

4. Piltdown Man spews:

@3

lol..somewhat funny.

5. Carl spews:

I don’t like the Libya policy, but I like Obama talking about it.

6. Carl spews:

I’m glad he keeps talking about the rights of women and religious minorities.

7. Carl spews:

Is this a foreign policy debate?

8. Carl spews:

We have fewer horses and bayonets. Awesome!

9. Roger Rabbit spews:

Obama just did a GREAT job of refuting Romney’s b.s. about military sizing — would someone on Mitt’s debate coaching team please tell him what an aircraft carrier is?!

10. Roger Rabbit spews:

Here it comes — Romney’s b.s. about an “apology tour” … let’s see how Obama slaps this down …

WHAMMO!!! Uppercut to Mittster’s lying jaw!!!
WHAMMO!!! A body blow to Mittster’s prevaricating ribs!!!

11. Michael spews:

when he gets down to “action” points, his plan is what the Obama administration is ACTUALLY DOING RIGHT NOW. Sheesh!

Moderate Mitt’s plans all seem to come down to being just like Obama, only white.

12. YLB spews:

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| klown |
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4 rows in set

13. Roger Rabbit spews:

Now Obama’s calling b.s. on Romney’s flip-flopping … about time.

14. czechsaaz spews:

OT, Don’t you know there’s a game seven on?

But seriously, is it as much of an ass-kicking as the last commercial break would suggest? Did Willard just go all apology tour just to get bitch slapped in front if everyone who doesn’t drink the talk radio kool-aid?

Giants 7-0 in the 5th and the President might be scattering a hit and a walk through 7 and a third. Both my teams are cruising.

15. Michael spews:

Is it over yet? I’ve been bike companies ’13 lineups and shopping for shoes.

The new for ’13 War Bird from Salsa looks pretty bomber.

http://salsacycles.com/bikes/warbird

16. Michael spews:

Is it over yet? I’ve been looking at bike companies ‘13 lineups and shopping for shoes.

17. Roger Rabbit spews:

Romney thinks we can help Pakistan build a more stable society by slapping “benchmarks” (whatever those are) on our aid to Pakistan.

18. MasabaBamasaba spews:

I’m switching to Monday night football. Romney’s changes in his stance and downright lies at too nauseating.

19. Michael spews:

6:59: Mitt lets us know he has “a relationship with the Prime Minister of Israel.”

Proving that there really isn’t anyone’s cock Romney wont suck.

20. Roger Rabbit spews:

The secret of Romney’s debate performances is that his team stole Obama’s crib notes.

21. Michael spews:

I’ve got my shoe choices narrowed down to three.

22. Liberal Scientist is a Dirty Fucking Socialist Hippie spews:

Moderate Mitt’s plans all seem to come down to being just like Obama, only white.

BINGO!!

23. Roger Rabbit spews:

@18 Yep, Romney finally realized he’s gotta be a Democrat to have any chance to win.

24. Michael spews:

It’s either gonna be the Doc Martin’s or the Born’s.

25. Carl spews:

Mitt Romney is doing creepy laughing that I can’t figure out why.

27. Jerry spews:

Romney just nailed it on dealing with China! China has continuously cheated costing us millions of jobs. There is a monstrous trade imbalance.
Folks that pretend to care about the middle class ought to be cheering for what Romney just said.

Obama appears less than Presidential.

28. Roger Rabbit spews:

$$$-Grubbing Colleges Exploit GI Bill Loophole

“Some 250,000 student veterans are being forced to pay $10,000 for tuition each academic year because many colleges are misclassifying the residency status of those veterans — often for the schools’ own financial gain ….

“The issue centers on a fundamental change to the GI Bill, enacted last year by Congress, which stripped tuition benefits for veterans who attend public schools and who are categorized as out-of-state students. …

“Many of those same student veterans are lifelong residents of the states in which they’re now enrolled — even owning homes in those states — but their schools stamped them as out-of-state residents after they were temporarily transferred to other military bases, or deployed overseas.”

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/10/22/14565761-home-but-not-a-resident-some-student-veterans-fighting-to-stay-on-gi-bill?lite

29. Michael spews:

I thought this was supposed to a foreign policy debate?

30. Roger Rabbit spews:

Romney -> “airbrushing history”

31. Michael spews:

So far I’m most excited about my new shoes.

32. Liberal Scientist is a Dirty Fucking Socialist Hippie spews:

I love teachers….I love to fire them.

33. Roger Rabbit spews:

@27 “Folks that pretend to care about the middle class ought to be cheering for what Romney just said.”

Why? His party champions companies who ship U.S. jobs overseas and tax laws that reward them for it.

34. Carl spews:

I seriously think Mitt Romney thinks Biden won because of his laughing.

35. YLB spews:

Heh. Willard says he loves teachers..

He could teach Bob something!

Funny how Willard is repeating so many of the same right wing bs tropes we’ve seen here for months from our trolls.

36. Liberal Scientist is a Dirty Fucking Socialist Hippie spews:

Romeny: HEH-HEH-HEH-HEH-HEH

Like this.

37. Roger Rabbit spews:

Does Romney think the Tea Partiers in the House are “good Republicans”?

38. Liberal Scientist is a Dirty Fucking Socialist Hippie spews:

This election will come down whether the American electorate is dumb enough t be fooled by Romney’s manifest lies.

39. YLB spews:

China has continuously cheated costing us millions of jobs.

Didn’t know Bain Capital was a Chinese outfit:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dave-johnson/here-is-what-is-happening_b_1967668.html

40. Roger Rabbit spews:

@38 The biggest lies of all will be the things he promised to do in the debates, because throughout these debates Romney has consistently repudiated the Republican agenda.

42. Roger Rabbit spews:

James Carville on CNN: “Obama came to attack, Romney came to agree.”

43. Roger Rabbit spews:

Carville: “‘This debate didn’t matter’ will be a Republican talking point because this debate was a rout.”

44. Roger Rabbit spews:

David Gergen on CNN: “I think Mitt Romney had one of his weaker nights.”

45. Roger Rabbit spews:

Republican consultant Alex Castellanos on CNN: “I think Obama won on points tonight, but Romney passed the commander-in-chief test.”

Another commentator disagrees and says “Romney collapsed tonight.”

46. Puddybud spews:

So the Marines don’t use bayonets anymore? Maybe ask the Marines who still use them.

47. Dave spews:

Romney won tonight. Too bad it was the Miss America title, but kudos for wanting world peace.

48. Michael spews:

@46

Hero who led last major U.S. bayonet charge dies
http://www.army.mil/article/30673/Hero_who_led_last_major_U_S__bayonet_charge_dies/

49. Puddybud spews:

Obummer beat Romney on slash and burn, but Obummer can’t run from his four years so far.

50. Liberal Scientist is a Dirty Fucking Socialist Hippie spews:

Romney won tonight. Too bad it was the Miss America title, but kudos for wanting world peace.

And loving teachers. Mitt loves him some teachers. He loves teachers.

And agrees with Obama….on everything.

51. Liberal Scientist is a Dirty Fucking Socialist Hippie spews:

Oh, Faux, crawl back under that rock.

52. Dave spews:

Did anyone notice whether Romney mentioned anything about human rights, education, or employment for women in his foreign policy positions? I was kinda expecting to hear him say something about that, given how concerned he is about things women are concerned about… Did I just miss it?

53. masaba spews:

So the Marines don’t use bayonets anymore? Maybe ask the Marines who still use them.

Ha ha ha ha ha. I was a grunt in the Army 3 years ago, we were also issued an e-tool; and we didn’t use that either.

54. Liberal Scientist is a Dirty Fucking Socialist Hippie spews:

@52
He left those binders at home.

55. Puddybud spews:

Fact checking Romney and his managed Detroit bankruptcy… Obummer gonna have some splaining to do! Romney DID say he would use Federal $$$ after the managed bankruptcy.

56. Roger Rabbit spews:

@46 Explain to me how you get to me with a bayonet when I’m firing an assault rifle at you that puts out 12 rounds per second.

57. czechsaaz spews:

@46

If after 90 minute Piddles thinks re-hashing bayonettes is clever, obviously…

Willard lost HUGE. Up 3-1 in the series and now going home huge. Ball never in 49er territory in the second half huge. 8-0 in the 8th huge. Huskies at Arizona huge.

58. Puddybud spews:

Plouffe now says Sequestration should not happen… Oh noes… Obummer told us it WILL NOT happen…

Another EPIC FAYLE!

59. Roger Rabbit spews:

“WASHINGTON (Nov. 19, 2009) — Retired Col. Lewis L. Millett, who received the Medal of Honor during the Korean War for leading what was reportedly the last major American bayonet charge, died Nov 14. …

“Millet received the Medal of Honor for his actions Feb. 7, 1951. He led Company E, 27th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division, in a bayonet charge up Hill 180 near Soam-Ni, Korea.”

http://www.army.mil/article/30673/Hero_who_led_last_major_U_S__bayonet_charge_dies/

60. Roger Rabbit spews:

@59 I sure hope not, but I’m holding back some cash in my investment portfolio in case Republicans are as obstinate in December 2012 as they were in August 2011 — when they nearly pushed the U.S. Treasury into default — because I’d love to pay August 2011 prices for the stocks I want to own.

61. Puddybud spews:

President Obummer skipped Israel when he went to the middle east, called US dismissive and derisive, dictated to other nations… Romney we have freed nations!

So Obummer changes the topic and talked about candidate Obummer not President Obummer…

Oh noes… no retort!

62. masaba spews:

Fact checking Romney and his managed Detroit bankruptcy… Obummer gonna have some splaining to do! Romney DID say he would use Federal $$$ after the managed bankruptcy.

That’s just thing. Romney may very well have said that after he said that we should let Detroit go bankrupt. He’s taken every position on every issue depending on the audience. Take financing college, for instance. He has said that he would cut pell grants, that he would expand pell grants, and that if you want to go to college you should ask your parents to pay for it.

Here’s another one: Romney has said that 47% of the American public are takers that don’t deserve his attention. About 6 months later, he told us that he cares for 100% of the American public. I’m not sure what any rational person can make of this, except that Romney was a lier at some point

With Romney, the difficulty isn’t trying to figure out what he said, but figuring out when he wasn’t just pandering, which is a much more difficult task

63. greg spews:

Mitt got his ass kicked tonight. http://www.politico.com/2012-election/

64. Roger Rabbit spews:

@61 What planet are you living on? Obama kicked Romney’s ass in that exchange.

65. Puddybud spews:

Hey SENILE Wabbit… Who stands up for the world’s worst actors? Russia… Russia sends weapons to Syria. Russia blocks us in the UN. Russia told everyone not to attack Iran. Yes Romney nails it again!

66. Michael spews:

CBS insta-poll: Obama wins debate, 53 percent to 23 percent
http://www.politico.com/blogs/burns-haberman/

That right there is what’s known as an ass-whoopin’.

67. greg spews:

Fox News poll Obama 60% Romney 40%
http://polldaddy.com/poll/6629300/?view=results

68. Roger Rabbit spews:

@65 Funny you should say that, because Romney said something different tonight, and CNN’s fact-checkers set the record straight by playing a tape of a Romney interview to prove he did say that.

69. Roger Rabbit spews:

CNN Poll: Who won the debate?

Obama 48%
Romney 40%

70. MikeBoyScout spews:

Obama v Romney III was like Clay v Liston II.

71. Roger Rabbit spews:

“As a matter of performance, this was as one-sided a win for Obama as the first debate was a one-sided embarrassment for him. Romney’s ill-at-easeness on nearly every subject that came up was palpable …. But it was more striking as a matter of substance that on virtually no issue did Romney make an actual criticism, of any sort, of Obama’s policy or record. … Obama did very well this evening, and Romney put up his worst showing.”

– James Fallows, The Atlantic

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/10/last-debate/263972/

72. Roger Rabbit spews:

CNN just called Romney’s “apology tour” claim “False.”

73. greg spews:

Oddschecker goes blue for President Obama. Long odds on Mitt.
http://www.oddschecker.com/specials/politics-and-election/us-presidential-election/winner

74. Roger Rabbit spews:

CNN on effect of sanctions: The exchange rate for the Iranian Rial against the U.S. Dollar has gone from 12,500 Rials for $1 to 35,000 Rials for $1 in the last year; and “meat is now twice as expensive” in Iran.

75. Puddybud spews:

Will the debate influence the polling numbers? Probably not.

76. Roger Rabbit spews:

“In his second-straight strong performance, Obama repeatedly … caught Romney trying to shift positions on Iraq, defense spending, the auto bailout, and Russia’s role in the world.”

– Ron Fournier, editor-in-chief of The National Journal

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/10/obama-wins-the-night-romney-wins-the-series/263973/

77. Dave spews:

@76. Roger Rabbit

‘Can’t really fault Romney for being an undecided voter. Like the majority of the rest of undecideds, he’ll probably resolve who he’s going to vote for when he’s staring at the ballot, ready to cast his vote…

78. Roger Rabbit spews:

@77 LOL! That’s funny!

79. Serial Conservative spews:

Sam Feist

@SamFeistCNN
More of CNN post debate Poll: Can Obama handle job of Cmdr. in Chief? Yes: 63%. Can Romney? Yes: 60%. A draw on that Q.

and

DAVID GERGEN: Romney Passed The Commander-in-Chief Test.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RcKSNO8W5wM&feature=player_embedded

I heard, more than watched the debate. Seemed to me Obama had the upper hand and I would agree with those who think he won.

Here’s the problem with that:

Romney didn’t need to win. He merely needed to continue to appear to be a competent alternative. Three debates come and gone, and Romney is still standing. He now simply needs to continue to drop the hammer on the economy and watch Obama flail away at the little stuff.

It’s the economy. Nothing else matters.

80. Serial Conservative spews:

@ 76

RR, your link doesn’t match your text.

However, since you brought up Ron Fournier, here’s what he DID have to say about the debate tonite:

Obama Wins Third Debate but Romney Wins Debate Season

Romney has cleared an important hurdle: A near-decisive number of Americans believe that he is a viable alternative to Obama, an incumbent saddled with a weak economy and a pessimistic national mood.

http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-presidential-campaign/obama-wins-third-debate-but-romney-wins-debate-season-20121022

So, RR, you can add Fournier to the ranks of those @ 79 who believe that Romney came off appearing competent and presidential in an environment in which Obama’s competence is questioned after four lousy years.

I’m sure that’s the point you were trying to make.

81. Roger Rabbit spews:

@79 I think Obama’s greatest weakness is that he hasn’t laid out his agenda for the next 4 years. But Romney is even weaker on that.

82. Meme1 spews:

@79,

You may as well replace “it’s the economy” with “it’s anything that may have a tiny chance of swaying people into voting for Mitt”.

Romney may or may not need to have won this debate; we’ll find out soon.

Yet your argument keeps supposing Mitt is ahead: the problem is he’s behind.

As the analysis on this site, and pretty much every reputable forecaster has pointed out, Mitt is not ahead in the electoral college, nor has he been at any time in the course of this election.

From that standpoint, he needs to pull ahead, and “It’s the economy. Nothing else matters.” rant is simply absurd. Mitt got a bigger bounce from winning the first debate than he has over any economic report during the entire election.

My advice, stick to pretending that Mitt won the debate.

83. Serial Conservative spews:

Notable quote from link @ 80:

Still, these are scary times for Obama and his fellow Democrats. “For the first time in this campaign, I’d rather be in Romney’s shoes than ours,” said a top Obama adviser, speaking on condition of anonymity to avoid retribution for belying the campaign spin.

Ouch.

Oh, BTW. Obama’s walking away from NC:

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/obama-super-pac-adviser-obama-has-given-north-carolina_655267.html

84. Serial Conservative spews:

@ 82

My advice, stick to pretending that Mitt won the debate.

Er, I stated @ 79 that I agreed with those who thought Obama won. Read it again.

85. Roger Rabbit spews:

@80 My link takes you to Fournier’s article. It’s on The Atlantic’s website.

86. Roger Rabbit spews:

CNN’s commentators are discussing whether conservatives are feeling uncomfortable with Romney’s move to the liberal-center spectrum. That could be a wild card in the election. Romney’s had to move so far away from the right to be a credible candidate that some Republicans might get discouraged and stay home, or maybe vote for a third-party candidate.

87. Serial Conservative spews:

@ 85

Er, noted. The first time I clicked on it I was directed to James Fallows’ page.

88. Serial Conservative spews:

@ 86

CNN’s commentators are discussing whether conservatives are feeling uncomfortable with Romney’s move to the liberal-center spectrum.

You’ll find out in little more than two weeks.

Conservatives will back anyone with a prayer of beating Obama, same as Dems backed an idiot like Kerry in hopes of beating Bush.

89. Meme1 spews:

@84,

I meant just pretend he won the debate, don’t claim something else will sink Obama in the coming weeks.

People have heard Romney rant and rave about the economy with every jobs report, good or bad; yet the polls have yet to show Obama losing the electoral college according to any sane analysis.

So, if you’re going to go with self-delusion, go with something else.

90. Roger Rabbit spews:

@83 Romney has led NC all fall, so that adds nothing to his lagging EV column.

91. Tea for everyone spews:

It’s the F’n Debt “DEBT” Stupid. All this other crap is a sideshow. You cannot keep running up 1.3 trillion dollar deficits or you will surpass Greece.

And we all know how that country is getting along now don’t we!

92. Serial Conservative spews:

For his win, Obama gets a big, fat, nothingburger:

Sam Feist

@SamFeistCNN
CNN poll of debate watchers: Who did debate make you more likely to vote for? Obama 24%, Romney 25%, Neither 50%. #CNNDebate

93. Roger Rabbit spews:

@84 You missed his point.

94. Roger Rabbit spews:

@87 That might have been your computer.

95. Meme1 spews:

@92,

So, Obama was beating Mitt before the debate and he’s still beating Mitt now.

But, that’s good news for Mitt in your mind?

Oh, right, the economy everyone has heard about day in and day out all year is magically going to sway everyone at the last second because… well… because that’s realistically all you have left unless something pretty major happens in the coming weeks.

96. Roger Rabbit spews:

@91 If the debate doesn’t move the meter, Romney loses, because he came into this debate trailing in the EV count.

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2012/president/2012_elections_electoral_college_map_no_toss_ups.html

Of course, it’s not that simple or clear-cut, and I’m not saying it is. But both Florida and Ohio, it becomes very hard for him.

97. Richard Pope spews:

I liked the greater level of civility tonight from both candidates. I thought that Obama had a slight edge, as far as scoring the debate. But Romney presented himself credibly, and didn’t make any major mistakes. Romney didn’t seem like a person that most folks would hate or fear, at least on foreign policy, even though Obama seemed a bit more capable of handling foreign policy.

Probably quite wise for Romney to talk as much as possible about the economy, since that is what most voters are concerned about, and obviously where Obama is most vulnerable. The one area where most voters give Romney a clear advantage over Obama. And if most voters don’t hate or fear Romney too much, he might just end up winning.

98. Czechsaaz spews:

@75

And there you have it. Our long standing troll hoping, desperately, that tonight’s ass kicking won’t move the polls. The polls that show Willard losing the electoral college. “If Willard can just do as well on election day as he’s polling now, then, oh crap, he loses. Polls are biased. Y’arrrgh.”

99. Serial Conservative spews:

@ 94

“because that’s realistically all you have left unless something pretty major happens in the coming weeks.”

Well, yes. At least a continuation of what has been happening since October 3rd.

People who had not heretofore had an opportunity to see Romney now have, and have found him to be, um, presidential.

Meanwhile, the efforts Team Obama have made to brand Romney public enemy No. 1 in the War on Women have failed. Turns out women vote the economy more than any other issue.

It’s why Obama’s once-masterful lead over Romney with women voters has been more than halved. Men are more turned off by Obama playing to the XX crowd than women are turned on, so he’s falling further behind in the gender gap.

Meanwhile, the youth vote isn’t materializing, the Latino vote is a big question mark, and seniors are breaking to Romney.

So are undecideds.

All those 47-47 ties? That means another 6% undecideds. Obama won’t win them.

Ohio is a tie right now. It wasn’t two weeks ago. Romney flips Ohio, Romney wins.

Tell me how, with 15 days still to go, that isn’t possible.

You are assuming what Obama has had will last.

It won’t.

100. Serial Conservative spews:

In @ 99, I was referring to @95, not @ 94. Apologies.

101. Roger Rabbit spews:

@99 The debates didn’t blow open the race. If Romney is to win, he has to do it the hard way, scraping for every last persuadable vote. It’s nothing like you portray @99. For your scenario to play out, an awful lot of Democratic voters would have to decide not to vote … or be prevented from voting by GOP suppression efforts.

102. Meme1 spews:

“Ohio is a tie right now.”

You can keep repeating that, and pointing to cherry picked polls; but that still doesn’t make it true.

Obama is ahead in Ohio, always has been.

You can stick your head in the sand all you like; but Ohio is not now, nor has it ever been a tie. I believe Darryl has pointed this out to you in the past.

“You are assuming what Obama has had will last.”

I assume no such thing. It might get better for Obama after tonight, and it might not.

You are pretending Obama is either tied or behind, depending on the moment. He isn’t.

You further insist that things will get better for Mitt after any given event, yet the evidence does not support this now, nor has it in the past.

“Ohio is a tie right now. It wasn’t two weeks ago. Romney flips Ohio, Romney wins. Tell me how, with 15 days still to go, that isn’t possible.”

Nice attempt to put words in my mouth, but I said no such thing; in fact you contradict yourself, you can’t even decide if Ohio is tied or if Romney needs to flip Ohio in the next 15 days (implying Obama would win today).

I am saying, right now Obama is ahead and would likely win if nothing changes in the next 15 days; the question is wether Mitt can do anything that will guarantee such a change.

And as of tonight, this debate does not seem to have accomplished this goal.

103. Darryl spews:

Person playing Puddybud,

So the Marines don’t use bayonets anymore? Maybe ask the Marines who still use them.

I’m sitting across from a Veteran (Op: Iraqi Freedom through 2006).

“Every Marine receives bayonet training, but they don’t use them in real world combat. Hand-to-hand combat is almost non-existant in today’s wartime theatre.”

104. Real American spews:

75. Puddybud spews:
Will the debate influence the polling numbers? Probably not.

That is as close to an admittion of defeat BuddyPud will ever share.

I almost feel sorry for PuddyBud and Romney, except for that I don’t.

105. Serial Conservative spews:

@ 102

I believe Darryl has pointed this out to you in the past.

Well, yes, Darryl has been rather emphatic in the past about Romney’s poor chances, most notably:

But it looks like Romney has an almost insurmountable task ahead of him if he is to leave the rolls of the unemployed.

posted on 10/1.

That was the past. Things are clearly very different now and Darryl very likely would not refer to Romney’s prospects as ‘almost insurmountable’ anymore.

I am optimistic that Romney will win because I believe the trend that began post-debate #1 will continue. You apparently do not agree, which is fine. I don’t spend much time commenting on blogs filled with right-wingers. That’s no fun.

106. Serial Conservative spews:

Jesus. Bayonets and Big Bird. How many 30 second commercials can we make of them?

107. Darryl spews:

Bob @ 99,

“Ohio is a tie right now.”

That’s very funny!

In denial much?

108. YLB spews:

Has Bob said why he wants Willard in the White House? Why Willard would better?

If not, could this be the answer?

109. Liberal Scientist is a Dirty Fucking Socialist Hippie spews:

I don’t spend much time commenting on blogs filled with right-wingers. That’s no fun.

Interesting. I used to go over to Stefan’s sucky little blog, AKA SoundPolitics. I tried arguing and essentially doing there what you do here, except with the truth.

I got banned. To this day, if I leave a comment pudge comes along and deletes it. It’s very funny – messes up their numbering system, when posts are ‘disappeared’.

Very right wing over there, WRT censorship. Count your blessings, Robert.

110. Serial Conservative spews:

@ 107

Bob @ 99,

“Ohio is a tie right now.”

That’s very funny!

In denial much?

Just wondering if there’s gonna be a D+8 turnout in OH again. ’cause that was the distribution in the Fox poll over the weekend, that gave Obama +3. And Indies breaking for Romney by 24 points.

There’s the Q poll, which has Obama up 5, but also says that 1 in 5 of their respondents claim to have voted, but only 11% is listed at the state office, so either someone’s working off some old data, or someone’s not polling evenly across the state.

Yeah, I think it’s as close to a tie there as it gets if one figures turnout ratios to be midway between 2008 and 2012.

Still waiting for you to mention your preferred charity, Darryl. Apologies if you did and I missed it. Pretty sure MBS said he wanted to know as well.

111. Meme1 spews:

@105,

“Well, yes, Darryl has been rather emphatic in the past about Romney’s poor chances”

Nice deflection. I pointed out your tendency to cherry pick polls that fit your desired outcome; something Darryl (and probably others) have pointed out.

Good duck and weave though.

“I am optimistic that Romney will win because I believe the trend that began post-debate #1 will continue. You apparently do not agree, which is fine.”

No, I think the post-debate #1 gave Romney a significant bounce, yet pretty much every reputable pollster still had him losing.

Romney has since lost ground.

Meaning he was behind by a lot, significantly narrowed his odds, then began to decline again.

As for what will happen on election day; I’m not sure. Romney has had success in the past reversing the polls in the last week or so before elections (see quite a few of the primaries).

But he did so mostly by getting Republican leaders to denounce his opponents and outspending them several times over; which won’t be the case this time.

As to who will win, I’m undecided. But I felt the same way a month ago.

It will be over when it’s over.

112. Darryl spews:

Bob,

“That was the past. Things are clearly very different now and Darryl very likely would not refer to Romney’s prospects as ‘almost insurmountable’ anymore.”

Romney has made some progress since the first debate, but as the time series has consistently shown, Romney has not been able to get past a 25% probability of winning. It is always risky to predict two weeks ahead, I’d say Romney’s prospects are “nearly insrumountable”.

Really…without an October surprise, the data simply don’t support the idea of him winning.

113. Serial Conservative spews:

@ 109

That was a hoppin’ blog in 2005. Haven’t read it in maybe 4 years. I think there was a big dropoff after 2008.

I go over about once a month, read the titles of the threads, get bored after the third, and leave.

Should I be banned from here, Lib Sci? Serial propagandization or some such offense?

114. Serial Conservative spews:

@ 112

OK, then. I’m an optimist.

115. Liberal Scientist is a Dirty Fucking Socialist Hippie spews:

Serial propagandization or some such offense?

Isn’t that what Willard wanted to ‘indict’ Ahmadinejad for?

That was the first (of many) eye-rollers at the debate. If anyone though Willard looked presidential simply because he was sitting across from Obama and spent the night agreeing with him is deluded.

117. Darryl spews:

“Still waiting for you to mention your preferred charity, Darryl. Apologies if you did and I missed it. Pretty sure MBS said he wanted to know as well.”

You didn’t miss it. I just had a very busy weekend and busy day today. Very soon….

118. Richard Pope spews:

Liberal Scientist @ 109

You’re right. Pudge is a total asshole. He calls anyone who disagrees with him a “liar”, and then bans them. I am banned on all of Pudge’s threads too, and my stuff gets deleted. Maybe some of the other folks there won’t delete your comments from their posts. In any event, great way to make your point of view popular — virulently over-attack anyone who disagrees with you.

119. Richard Pope spews:

Darryl @ 112

You are a great scientist, and your statistical methods are done consistently and in a very reasonable manner.

But I didn’t see any professional qualifications as a psychic on your C.V. The winner in two weeks is anyone’s guess, especially with fluctuations in opinion polls, and how some voters often change their minds. Only a slight percentage change can make one candidate or the other win a comfortable EV margin.

“Nearly insurmountable” is a ridiculous position under the circumstances. “Hella close” is much more accurate, with the EV’s breaking slightly towards Obama based on individual state polls.

120. Troll spews:

You Democrats sicken me.

http://tinyurl.com/98jdo84

121. Roger Rabbit spews:

@120 That’s like saying all Republicans are serial killers because Ted Bundy was a serial killer. (See? I can play this game, too.) But don’t let me stop you from being sick. However, please ask your friendly flight attendant for a barf bag, so you don’t soil the carpet the rest of us have to walk on.

122. Roger Rabbit spews:

@118 For some unfathomable reason, pudge didn’t ban me, even when I taunted him. Perhaps he’s saving me for dessert.

123. Darryl spews:

Richard,

“But I didn’t see any professional qualifications as a psychic on your C.V. The winner in two weeks is anyone’s guess, especially with fluctuations in opinion polls, and how some voters often change their minds. Only a slight percentage change can make one candidate or the other win a comfortable EV margin.

“Nearly insurmountable” is a ridiculous position under the circumstances. “Hella close” is much more accurate, with the EV’s breaking slightly towards Obama based on individual state polls.”

I understand your point, but I did add the disclaimer “It is always risky to predict two weeks ahead…”

With my quasi-psychic hat on, I can employ many more sources of information than just “current polls.” Beginning from the analysis that shows Obama with a 80% to 90% probability of winning this week, I add to that that Romney has not held the lead over the past year, and is, apparently, stuck now.

After the first debate, Obama was hemorrhaging EVs. That has been stopped. Romney has only managed to re-gain what he had after the RNC or what he held a year ago.

So given the advantage of incumbency, and the fact that this debate isn’t going to renew a surge for Romney, I see a Romney win as “Nearly insurmountable.”

But, you know, there is the Donald Trump thing coming on Wednesday…. That could change everything!

124. Roger Rabbit spews:

@111 re @105 et al. — For the life of me, I can’t figure out what Bob is crowing about, now that we have two Democrats and no Republicans running for president (see, e.g., #115). Seems to me
Bob loses either way.

125. Roger Rabbit spews:

@106 Without a doubt, “horses and bayonets” will go down in history as the most memorable line of the 2012 campaign.

126. Roger Rabbit spews:

Roger Rabbit Pop Quiz

In what year did the last U.S. cavalry charge occur?

(no cheating now)

127. Roger Rabbit spews:

Ah, what the hell, I want to go to bed, so I’ll give the answer now:

“On 9 November 2001, Northern Alliance forces, under the command of generals Abdul Rashid Dostum and Ustad Atta Mohammed Noor, swept across the Pul-i-Imam Bukhri bridge, meeting some resistance, and seized the city’s main military base and airport. U.S. Special Operations Forces (namely Special Forces Operational Detachment A-595, CIA paramilitary officers and Air Force Combat Control Teams) on horseback and using Close Air Support platforms, took part in the push into the city of Mazari Sharif in Balkh Province by the Northern Alliance.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_in_Afghanistan_(2001%E2%80%93present)#2001:_Initial_attack

128. Richard Pope spews:

Darryl @ 123

Check my e-mail to you. I took your state polls, and estimated 2012 popular vote totals, based on how many people voted (Obama + McCain) in 2008 in each state, and then multiplying by your weighted average polling numbers in each state. For Alaska, Delaware and Wyoming, with no 2012 polls, I simply used the 2008 vote totals to predict 2012 vote.

Bottom line — Obama wins the two-candidate popular vote over Romney by 51.32% to 48.68%. I would agree that a 2.64% lead in national popular vote is “nearly insurmountable”. Obama defeats Romney by 290 to 248 in states where each candidate leads, or by 292 to 246 when you run 100,000 simulated elections on the statistical analysis.

HOWEVER — Romney is ahead in RealClearPolitics.Com national polling average by 47.6% to 47.2%, using unweighted average of nine current polls. If you weight these national polls by sample size, as you do with state polls, and take the two candidate vote, Romney beats Obama nationwide by 50.76% to 49.24% — a spread of 1.52% for Romney.

So you have the paradox of Romney getting 2.08% less of the nationwide popular vote when you add up the state results, based on the polls done in each state, compared with weighted average of national polls.

I would say that it would be extremely unlikely for Romney to win the nationwide popular vote by 1.52%, and still lose the electoral college. Gore won the national popular vote by 0.49% in 2000, and lost the electoral college to Bush by the narrowest of margins. An increase of 0.02% in the popular vote spread in every state (including Florida) would have won the electoral college for Gore in 2000.

129. Serial Conservative spews:

Alright, which one of you guys did this?

Callaghan noticed that his letter lacked a return address and included faulty contact information and a Seattle, Washington postmark.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/10/22/florida-republicans-receiving-fake-ineligibility-letters-aimed-at-suppressing-their-vote/#ixzz2A7hKtP60

130. Serial Conservative spews:

Next up: the US Senate plans a vote on a budget for fiscal year 2010.

http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-presidential-campaign/obama-lays-out-second-term-agenda-in-booklet-ad-20121023

“Here’s my plan for the next four years.”

Thanks, Barack. Brave of you to lay it out the minute you can’t be asked about it in a debate.

131. Serial Conservative spews:

Heh:


the Obama ads especially irk GOP voters. As a result, the Romney and Obama ads have supercharged the enthusiasm of 2008 McCain voters, a huge boost for Romney.

http://washingtonexaminer.com/doh-obama-ads-boost-enthusiasm-for-romney/article/2511414#.UIaS947R30c

I know that every time I see an Obama ad I’m reminded to vote for Romney.

Although now that Obama’s unveiling @ 130 his plan for the next four years, maybe it all will be different.

I mean, why else would Obama do it? He’s realizing that four more years of the same is a losing argument.

132. Jerry spews:

One last insane desperate rant by Chris Matthews. Back to “if you disagree with Barrack Obama’s policies and lack of leadership, you must be a racist!? Here is Matthews at his most insane-

“I think they hate Obama. They want him out of the White House more than they want to destroy Al Qaeda. Their No. 1 enemy in the world right now, on the right, is their hatred, hatred for Obama. And we can go into that about the white working class in the South and looking at these numbers we’re getting the last couple days about racial hatred in many cases … this isn’t about being a better president, they want to get rid of this president,’ he said.”

You bet I want Obama out of the White House. And I could care less about Matthews insane, racist prism. It’s about policies and Obama’s dismal record on the economy and foreign policy Chris you racist pig!
BTW, what is Obama’s plan?
Seemed like Romney was the incumbent once again last night.
Obama is in love with BEING President, running for President and making speeches that have no reflection on reality. Last night, you would have thought the economy was booming and the world was tranquil listening to the King of Bullshit.

133. Jerry spews:

61. Puddybud spews:

President Obummer skipped Israel when he went to the middle east, called US dismissive and derisive, dictated to other nations… Romney we have freed nations!

So Obummer changes the topic and talked about candidate Obummer not President Obummer…

Precisely. Obama was desperately avoiding his own real record with platitudes and acting like he wasn’t in charge the past 4 years. Obama is borderline nuts.

134. Jerry spews:

The Republicans have a tremendous ground game going in all the swing states. McCain had very little. Republicans learned that it’s going door-to-door and making the calls that swings votes..not endless TV and radio ads. The vastly improved ground game, plus Obama’s weak policies, particularly ObamaCare, will cause Obama to move from +7% in 2008 to -3% in 2012. Will Obama pull out the election despite losing the popular vote?? Maybe. Hey, I thought you lefty’s wanted the National Popular Vote to decide the election??

135. Jerry spews:

I hope Roger Rabbit tells us how much money he made today.
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/stock-index-futures-signal-lower-095358858.html

136. Steve spews:

“Chris you racist pig”

You’re such a pathetic loser. Got anymore racist jokes about blacks you’d care to share, Klown? I have to say, that last one you told us wasn’t very funny. Your racist friend Bob might have gotten a laugh out of it though.

137. Serial conservative spews:

After nearly a year and a half of campaigning, NOW Obama tells us what he plans for his second term.

I guess Obama figured that after three debates, demonization of Romney wasn’t a winning election strategy.

Meanwhile, in an equally sharp turnabout, Romney plans to make the election about the economy.

Go figure.

138. Serial conservative spews:

You know, Doctor Steve, you and your ilk are the ones making this about race.

Michael makes a race-based comment and Darryl sees fit to promote it to the thread text.

The rest of us are hammering him for the economy.

When Bill Clinton taped up that sign on his mirror, which read, “It’s the economy, stupid.”, was that racist?

No?

Then why now?

I’ll answer that for you, Doctor Steve. It’s what you’re left with.

139. Steve spews:

You can just STFU, Bob. The Klown is a racist and so are you. The Klown tells racist jokes, you share your vision of white militias roaming the streets of Detroit shooting blacks.

I’d ask you to grow a spine and stand up to me like a man but you’ve proven yourself to be nothing but a fat, gout-ridden, greed-obsessed asswipe. Oh, and a dumbfuck racist.

140. Serial conservative spews:

@ 139

I’m not fat.

What a reasoned, rational argument you make, Doctor Steve.

You feel it, don’t you. You see the wave off on the horizon and you know what it means.

It’s understandable, Doctor Steve.

You’re getting ready for The Pain.

141. Steve spews:

I’ve seen through your bullshit from the day you showed up. You really ought to try being proud of being a racist, Bob. At least you wouldn’t be such a fucking hypocrite. But like the Klown, you drop your racist turds in these threads and then taunt others as being the real racists. You can take your tired bullshit and go fuck yourself with it.

142. Steve spews:

“You’re getting ready for The Pain.”

I suppose “The Pain” will be delivered by a stupid, fat fuck such as yourself? That’ll be the day, Goutman.

143. Serial conservative spews:

Now, this might be considered racism, Doctor Steve:

http://blogs.jpost.com/content/catherine-ashton-barack-obama-and-tom-bradley

Of course, it would be amongst an overwhelmingly Democrat cohort of the electorate. See @ 138.

144. Serial conservative spews:

@ 142

Goutman.

I’m just a mild-mannered conservative, Doctor Steve.

Speaking of mild-mannered,

In the next issue of DC comics’ “Superman,” due out on Wednesday, the superhero’s alter ego will eschew being a mild-mannered reporter, presumably to become a snarky blogger, when he quits his post at the Daily Planet.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2012/10/22/superman-to-quit-his-day-job/#ixzz2A8RlI6db

145. czechsaaz spews:

So watched the whole thing int the interwebs this morning (The Giants win the pennant! The Giants….)

This was one of my favorites:

Willard : “(Syria) is Iran’s only ally in the region. It’s their route to the sea.”

Tell you what, go take a look at a map, point to Syria’s boarder with Iran. Now tell me if Iran can get to the Arabian Sea without going through Syria. I’ll wait here.

(Willard, Iran is the #1 problem, when it’s not the Soviets. So important is Iran that I, Mitt, don’t know a thing about Iran’s geography.)

146. Serial conservative spews:

Doctor Steve, it would be a lot of fun messing with your mind today, but duty calls.

I’ll leave you with this little pearl:

D.C. caught off guard by Obama sequester vow
By: Philip Ewing
October 23, 2012 12:32 AM EDT

President Barack Obama startled Washington during Monday night’s foreign policy debate when he said billions in automatic Pentagon cuts “will not happen” — a line that could weaken his bargaining power during an epic spending and tax fight expected when Congress returns.

http://dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=BB4FD464-D051-4ACC-9172-29D6C9749D7F

Not only will Obama lose, he’s just kneecapped his party in the upcoming budget negotiations.

Have fun with that, liberals. He’s the head of the Democrat Party.

147. Serial conservative spews:

@ 145

I read about that as well. No idea what he meant.

148. Steve spews:

“I’m just a mild-mannered conservative, Doctor Steve.”

I say that you’re a gout-ridden, racist piece of shit, Bob, and a damned coward.

149. Steve spews:

“Doctor Steve, it would be a lot of fun messing with your mind”

Like that will ever fucking happen.

150. Serial conservative spews:

No idea what Gloria Allred has in store for Romney tomorrow. OK, I do, but only what I have read.

Here’s something that Team Romney won’t be pushing:


A man claiming to be a close pal to President Obama during college made contact with Republican operatives recently, ready to go public with claims that Obama used and sold cocaine in college, RadarOnline.com is reporting exclusively.

The operatives tried to spread the story through the media and the Romney campaign, a source close to the situation told Radar.

http://www.radaronline.com/exclusives/2012/10/president-obama-sold-cocaine-college-trump-charges-republicans-reject

Ah, but that’s an old allegation. And it’s already been tried. By Team Clinton:

Shaheen said Obama’s candor on the subject would “open the door” to further questions. “It’ll be, ‘When was the last time? Did you ever give drugs to anyone? Did you sell them to anyone?’” Shaheen said.

http://blog.washingtonpost.com/44/2007/12/post-235.html

151. Serial conservative spews:

Romney with an Etch-a-Sketch.

http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/2012/10/mitt-romney-high-school-pranks#slide=5

Just in case you libbies need something to break up the upcoming alliterative monotony that will be Obama’s flailing, failing, final (there’s alliteration for you!) two weeks:

Big Bird
Binders
Bayonets.

152. Liberal Scientist is a Dirty Fucking Socialist Hippie spews:

“I’m just a mild-mannered conservative, Doctor Steve.”

I say that you’re a gout-ridden, racist piece of shit, Bob, and a damned coward.

No, just a pasty-white sub-suburban radiologist who LOVES his money and really doesn’t like the black guy very much.

153. Serial conservative spews:

OK, we’ve got two HA libbies planning to be Chris Matthews at the Halloween party this year, Doctor Steve and Liberal Pinocchio Sci.

Any others?

154. Liberal Scientist is a Dirty Fucking Socialist Hippie spews:

Pinocchio? Where’d that come from, Cap’n Crunch?

155. rhp6033 spews:

Back to the bayonettes:

Leave it to Puddy to try to divert the discussion into an argument over the most trivial detail: bayonnets. The President could have named just about any other outdated weapons system, he happened to choose that one.

And as others have stated, bayonnete training remains a staple in Army and Marine training programs. But as was also noted, there hasn’t been a documented instance of a bayonnet charge since the Korean War.

Even during the American Civil War, at the height of the era of the bayonnet, the number of casualties caused by bayonnet wounds was a fraction of those from other causes (bullets, shrapnel, solid shot from cannon, etc.). Soldiers on both sides soon learned to rush to within firing range, then exchange rifle fire until one side or another gave way. The charge of the 20th Maine on Little Round Top at Gettysburg was born of desperation, and may well have been the last successful bayonnet charge of that war.

There was something of a resurgence of the bayonnet in WWII, as troops which managed to live long enough to enter the enemy trenches engaged in hand-to-hand fighting. But the “trench gun” and hand-held automatic weapons introduced at the conclusion of that war made bayonnets unlikely to be of much use in WWII.

In WWII, the operative doctrine of the Americans has been the same as it has been ever since: keep the enemy at a safe distance where they can be pounded by artillary and machine gun fire. But the Japanese in WWII had an almost religious attachment to the bayonnet, as a symbol of ancient Samurai swords born for the Emperor. But it’s attempts at bayonnet charges against American machine guns, mortor, and artillary met devestating results. The same held true of the Chinese in Korea, until they changed tactics.

By Vietnam, the bayonnet was used pretty much as a knife – in rare occassions used like a knife in close-quarter combat, but most often used as a can-opener when the little device most soldiers and Marines fastened to their dog-tag chain was missing.

The bayonnet was at it’s highest use when soldiers packed into close ranks approached an enemy line with bayonnets leveled. The idea wasn’t that the bayonnets were to be used, but that the line of gleeming sharp points would instill fear into the enemy and send him fleeing. In this, it was similar to the pike. But once you no longer had the closed-ranks infantry (due to the effects of artillary and machine guns), the bayonnet lost this phsychological edge.

In today’s military, if a soldier has to rely upon a bayonnet, then there have been many, many levels of other things which went wrong first.

156. Serial conservative spews:

After last night’s debate, considering the number of naval personnel in VA, does anyone really think Obama’s got a chance of winning that state?

Team Obama: N.C. gone. Is Va. next?

http://washingtonexaminer.com/team-obama-n.c.-gone.-is-va.-next/article/2511495#.UIbEGhyt9-y

There’s only so much Obama idiocy that Jim Webb can undo.

157. Serial conservative spews:

@ 154

You’re a puppet, dude. You’ll parrot anything in service to The One.

158. Serial conservative spews:

@ 155

All of that is beside the point.

Look at what you’re wasting your time arguing.

Romney will hammer the economy home in the final two weeks. During that period, where has Team Obama been?

Big Bird. Binders. Now bayonets are what Dems are spending time on, defending what their guy said at the debate.

It was a tiny, tiny point.

Meanwhile, look at what’s happened to the stock market since Friday. We’re in the middle of earnings season, and they’re significantly down. Look at Dupont’s announcement today, Caterpillar’s announcement yesterday, all the other downward revisions. Look at the downward spike in the unemployment rate that happened in September, due to some numerical fluctuations. Will all this economic downward stuff, you think the unemployment rate is going to fall further on November 2nd?

The economy is sinking, Romney’s driving home that point to the voters, and you just posted a long screed about bayonets.

You’ve lost control of the message. The message is the economy. It’s the number one issue amongst women voters. You guys trotted out Sandra Fluke and thought it would make a difference.

Stupidity should be painful. Get ready for it.

159. Liberal Scientist is a Dirty Fucking Socialist Hippie spews:

Obama idiocy

You mean resisting Romney idiocy about 1916 gunboats or a 600-ship navy, or whatever else he was blathering about.

Romney is a lot like you, Robert – down deep, he really doesn’t care about anything but money, and will say anything to anyone that he thinks will advance that cause.

160. Liberal Scientist is a Dirty Fucking Socialist Hippie spews:

Stupidity should be painful.

No, stupidity should be remedied.

Greed should be painful.

161. Serial conservative spews:

Hey, HA libbies!

Didja hear? Obama’s got a new plan!!!!!!!

Except there’s nothing new in it.

There are no new proposals in the plan Obama is touting; it is a repackaging of proposals he has been offering on the campaign trail for months, such as plans to use half the savings from winding down the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan for domestic infrastructure investment; create incentives for companies to bring jobs back to the United States (and end tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas); continue investing in “clean” energy and recruit 100,000 new math and science teachers.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/election-2012/wp/2012/10/23/obama-camp-pushing-second-term-plan/

No new ideas, just more of the same spending, inadequately countered by weak-ass efforts to raise taxes on someone other than yourselves.

When the WaPo dismisses Obama’s Hail Mary, it should be clear that your side is fucked, and that you’ve basically fucked yourselves.

162. czechsaaz spews:

@156

its cute the things you cling to to assuage your anxiety. Quoting the Washington examiner. Google Phillip Anchultz or look at their circulation numbers ever?

Nah, no tech sector in Virginia. The huge gap in donations by military personnel to Obama over Romney is documented. There aren’t a bunch of public sector workers who stand a reasonable chance of being unemployed by a Romnyan administration. “We have these things called air raft carriers” and people who run them are laughing at you Willard.

163. Serial conservative spews:

Because Mitt Romney is not George W. Bush.

Log Cabin endorses Mitt Romney

http://www.gaypatriot.net/2012/10/23/log-cabin-endorses-mitt-romney/

Gay people want jobs and economic security just like straight people. Who knew?

164. Serial conservative spews:

@ 162

Um, they’re called aircraft carriers. Rafts are the little things inside the ships.

If the military vote really was going Obama’s way he’d be doing more to make sure all of the military votes were received in time to be counted. More likely, the military vote will be 2-to-1 in Romney’s favor, but you keep believing what you need to believe to prevent your crest from falling.

165. Serial conservative spews:

Is the Obama-dealt-cocaine allegation Trump’s bombshell?

The title of the piece @ 150 is

Trumped-Up Charges? Republicans Rejected Man’s Claims That Obama Sold Cocaine In College

This is below Romney’s level but for Trump it would actually be a step up.

Your move, Ms. Allred.

166. Liberal Scientist is a Dirty Fucking Socialist Hippie spews:

This is below Romney’s level

There’s little below Romney’s level, and Romney has been in bed with The Donald for some time.

Romney will do anything, say anything, compromise anything to get what he wants. He is amoral and without scruple – and that often works. Why don’t you dispense with the pretense and just embrace the sociopathy? He’s your kind of guy.

167. YLB spews:

Willard Romney killed a woman..

No, not Joe Soptic’s wife.

And Anne thought her running around put him in the hospital… ha ha ha, he he he…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_2LPG6tJz4

168. czechsaaz spews:

@164

You can assume it was a typo or you can infer that I was riffing in Willard not knowing the difference between a raft, a zodiac, a fleet of PT boats and a nuclear submarine. (Apparently you agree with Willard that having 15 USS Nautili is superior to 5 Virginia Class.)

Your choice.

169. Serial conservative spews:

We’ll be laughing out loud at the Unicorn President’s final three months in office.

A Unicorn is Just a Horse with a Bayonet

http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2012/10/23/a-unicorn-is-just-a-horse-with-a-bayonet/

170. Michael spews:

@163

OMG!!! Repubicans endorse a Republican. Shocking.

171. Serial conservative spews:

Stage One Shark-Jumping.

Obama Escalates ‘Romnesia’ Attack by Referencing Stage Three Cancer

Obama: We had a severe outbreak last night. (Applause.) It was at least stage three Romnesia. (Laughter and applause.)

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/obama-escalates-romnesia-attack-referencing-stage-three-cancer_657235.html

172. Serial conservative spews:

@ 170

Slow news day. Although in 2004, they didn’t endorse GWB43. That rift within the group may have been how GOProud got started.

173. Liberal Scientist is a Dirty Fucking Socialist Hippie spews:

@171
You embarrass yourself, if that’s possible.

You know as well as I, doctor, that ‘stage three’ can be things besides cancer – and that this is more right-wing hysteria. Not unlike the ‘attacks on Trigggggg!!’ or that ‘lipstick on a pig’ was tantamount to calling Palin a pig (no matter how accurate that might be) – it’s all right-wing faux victimhood.

You do know no one takes you seriously, right?

174. Serial conservative spews:

@ 173

You do know no one takes you seriously, right?

I have another world for that. I’m only here to fuck with your mind, Lib Pinocchio.

175. Liberal Scientist is a Dirty Fucking Socialist Hippie spews:

Interesting – a dissection of how the Romney campaign is trying to create the appearance of momentum.

‘Appearance’ being the critical word.

I guess when momentum is swinging against you, this is the next best thing.

I especially liked the marching band analogy. Willard thinks we all live in River City.

But the decision to have a staffer move out of state, with a marching band and sound trucks in tow to spread the news far and wide, signals a deliberate strategy to create a narrative.

176. Liberal Scientist is a Dirty Fucking Socialist Hippie spews:

@174

Pinocchio? Please explain the joke.

177. Serial conservative spews:

@ 175

TPM, the source of your link, has an electoral map showing Obama with 233 and Romney with 195.

RCP’s map has Romney with 206 and Obama with 201.

If one begins a story from a premise that Obama is up by 38 EVs, then yes, Romney has no momentum, you are correct.

178. Steve spews:

“I’m only here to fuck with your mind”

Unwarranted smugness and smarm delivered with dumbfuck snide doesn’t fuck with anybody’s mind unless they’re as stupid as Bob. Apparently he’s incapable of posting a comment that doesn’t further reveal himself to be a narcissistic basketcase.

179. Serial conservative spews:

@ 178

Apparently he’s incapable of posting a comment that doesn’t further reveal himself to be a narcissistic basketcase.

Yeah, @ 177 was just dripping with that, wasn’t it?

180. Steve spews:

“I have another world for that.”

The way you carry on here like a narcissistic loon, it’s damned obvious that you receive very few strokes in that other world of yours. Little wonder why.

181. Steve spews:

“Yeah, @ 177 was just dripping with that, wasn’t it?”

Your every posts drips with it, fucktard.

182. Serial conservative spews:

Michael Mann has filed suit against National Review and the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

I look forward to the discovery process. Should be fun, since he and UVA have done everything they can to avoid releasing documents so far.

183. Liberal Scientist is a Dirty Fucking Socialist Hippie spews:

@177

*eye roll*

RCP has Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and Nevada as ‘toss ups’ and unallocated. RCP is parroting an untethered right wing narrative.

Nate Silver, and our own Darryl would beg to differ, I believe.

Tell yourself what you like…and fantasize about ‘the Pain’ all you like.

(Will ‘the Pain’ be like the much vaunted ‘zingers’ and the yet-to-materialize ‘carpet bombing’?)

184. Serial conservative spews:

Deleted, duplicated @ 185

185. Serial conservative spews:

@ 183

Nate Silver, and our own Darryl would beg to differ, I believe.

I’m sure they would. Darryl’s technique permits no tossups. Silver’s technique enables him to do poll-weighting and a couple of other things as he sees fit.

Very subjectively, I look at the trend, assume some unrepresentative poll weighting has occurred in what’s been published (like Fox’s D+9 Ohio poll, and another poll who included 20% respondents who already voted when only 11% have already voted in OH statewide), add a dash of optimism, and an assumption that any economic data between now and the election will be bad news for Obama.

Which permits me to place Ohio in Romney’s column.

Romney has some narrow and admittedly unlikely paths to victory without Ohio.

Obama does not.

186. Liberal Scientist is a Dirty Fucking Socialist Hippie spews:

@184

Romney has some narrow and admittedly unlikely paths to victory without Ohio.

Obama does not.

Um..that would be more bullshit, suggesting that either you’re stupid or lying.

Romney can win Ohio, Florida, Virginia and North Carolina, and not have enough.
In that scenario he still needs one of NH, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa or Nevada.

If Obama takes Ohio, which is likely, then he can lose NH, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Iowa and Colorado, and still win.

The numbers are highly stacked against Willard.

187. Liberal Scientist is a Dirty Fucking Socialist Hippie spews:

And on top of it, Willard is just a shell of a human being, a money oriented vacuum device that spews platitudes to the rubes while picking their pockets.

Dr. Robert fancies himself not a rube.

188. Liberal Scientist is a Dirty Fucking Socialist Hippie spews:

(like Fox’s D+9 Ohio poll, and another poll who included 20% respondents who already voted when only 11% have already voted in OH statewide)

This is more bullshit. More ‘unskewing’ the polls, complaining about how people self-identify, a very fluid designation and not something that anyone but Rasmussen and that dude in a Virginia basement ‘fix’.

Moreover, 11% of what? Registered voters? Not a valid comparison. ‘Likely voters’ – they’re not that be definition. You’re trying to compare two incomparable numbers and making it sound like you have a point.

You’re tossing around ‘truthy’ right wing memes again, making yourself look like a putz.

189. Steve spews:

“and fantasize about ‘the Pain’ all you like”

It’s pretty obvious that only one fearing “The Pain” around here is our resident nitwit, Bob.

190. Serial conservative spews:

@ 186

Romney can win Ohio, Florida, Virginia and North Carolina, and not have enough.
In that scenario he still needs one of NH, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa or Nevada.

That’s only correct if you give CO back to Obama. RCP has CO in Romney’s column if there are no toss-up states. He’s taken 3 of the last 5 polls. Darryl has it 3-3 but in two more days the Gravis poll drops off.

CO in Obama’s column is unlikely to last more than two more days, Lib Pinocchio.

191. Serial conservative spews:

@ 188

Fair enough. Continue to think what you think and I’ll continue to think what I think. There will be plenty of time for more comment over the next two weeks.

Obama needs a turnout model in OH essentially better than he had in 2008 to prevail. You must think he’ll get it. I don’t.

192. Rael spews:

Red trolls:

Romney is doomed.

You know it.

Give up.

193. Rael spews:

Republicanist trolls:

Democracy is good.

Republicanism is stupid.

Give up.

194. Serial conservative spews:

If things are so rosy for Obama in Ohio, why is his campaign talking about losing the state?

The vice president is midway through a three-day tour of uber-battleground Ohio, and Obama’s team contends it’s best way of ensuring victory is a win there. The campaign says internal polling gives Obama a lead in the Midwestern battleground state, in large part because of the popularity of the president’s bailout of the auto industry.

But even if Obama loses Ohio, his campaign sees another pathway to the presidency by nailing New Hampshire, Iowa, Wisconsin, Nevada and Colorado.

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/331364/obama-unnerved-ohio-michael-knox-beran

195. Liberal Scientist is a Dirty Fucking Socialist Hippie spews:

why is his campaign talking about losing the state?

Um, because they’re not, nitwit.

What you wrote and what you quoted say two different things.

I hope you read CTs better than you read English.

196. Serial conservative spews:

One out of six Democrats favor Romney:

http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/pdf/2011/102010211022TrackingPoll.pdf

Romney winning independents 50-41.

197. Rael spews:

Romney campaign trying to create illusion of momentum

… probably also hiring trolls to post 50 times a day on open threads.

198. Serial conservative spews:

How badly are things looking for Obama? (@ 196 poll)

His lead among younger voters, 51-40, is only three points greater than Romney’s lead among independents.

Obama’s losing every other age group. And the age group he’s winning won’t turn out to support him.

199. Liberal Scientist is a Dirty Fucking Socialist Hippie spews:

I highly approve of Romney’s decision to be kind and gentle to the retard.
— @AnnCoulter via web

But, but….but what about Trigg?! This is an affront to TRIGGG!!1!!!

200. Serial conservative spews:

@ 200

Yeah, I hate that chick. Fire away.

202. Roger Rabbit spews:

@201 “Donald Trump is to claim that he has unearthed divorce papers of Michelle Obama and the President, according to a respected financial pundit with links to the tycoon. … [Trump] will claim that the documents show the First Lady and the President were at one point in their two decades of marriage seriously considering splitting up.”

This is news? Is there a married couple anywhere who haven’t considered splitting up? Now, if Trump asserted the Obamas have never thought about getting divorced, that would be news — but probably no one would believe him.

203. Liberal Scientist is a Dirty Fucking Socialist Hippie spews:

@201
That’s it? That’s the sleaziest thing I’ve heard in a while.
And who cares, if true?

So, so what if they were going to split up? Are they evil because of it? Is Obama unfit to be pres because of it. No and no.

Is it even germane? No. Unlikely to even hurt him. In fact, they’re a paragon of good parenting for getting it together for the kids.

I can’t believe you’ve even posted it here.

You really are an asshole, Robert.

204. Serial conservative spews:

@ 202

1. We’ll see.
2. It’s as newsworthy as Mitt’s hijinks in high school.

205. Serial conservative spews:

It’s important to spread the mirth around. We can’t just laugh at Obama.

We’ll include laughter at the expense of Democrat Underground:

http://dummiefunnies.blogspot.com/2012/10/all-out-dummie-panic-attack-to-commence.html

The commenter fretting about Intrade is priceless. I can just imagine greg – BTW, has greg posted about Intrade in the past couple of days?

206. Serial conservative spews:

@ 203

Is it even germane?

Depends on what’s in the papers. When a woman files for divorce from her husband, does she include flattering remarks about him in the filing?

No?

Then if it’s allegations from Michelle about Barack, then yeah, Lib Pinocchio, in an election year, it’s germane.

It’s as germane as the Romney tax returns all of you were so eager to see and aren’t gonna get.

This may all be bluff.

But just think about what Michelle would have her lawyer allege about Barack. Seen Vera Baker around lately?

207. Liberal Scientist is a Dirty Fucking Socialist Hippie spews:

2. It’s as newsworthy as Mitt’s hijinks in high school.

Um, no again, moron.

On the one hand, a privileged asshole bullying gay kids and others, very reminiscent of his later life behavior; on the other hand a married couple in a very high pressure public position think about divorce.

Yeah, exactly alike. Putz.

208. Liberal Scientist is a Dirty Fucking Socialist Hippie spews:

Then if it’s allegations from Michelle about Barack, then yeah, Lib Pinocchio, in an election year, it’s germane.

Germane – I don’t think that word means what you think it means.

209. Serial conservative spews:

@ 207

“on the other hand a married couple in a very high pressure public position think about divorce.”

What if Barack hit her? He’s got his finger on the nuclear trigger. Suppose he has an anger management issue? Isn’t it the peoples’ right to know about that?

What if she alleges an addiction? Dishonesty? Infidelity? Disinterest in the children?

Lib Pinocchio Despair, if it were a Republican, wouldn’t you be demanding to know?

210. Liberal Scientist is a Dirty Fucking Socialist Hippie spews:

Lets assume for a moment that the Obamas were gearing up for a divorce, and that there were nasty allegations from Michelle about something salacious.

Romney ally Donald Trump finds documentation of this, and in his own special, endearing style, bellows it to the world.

Michelle and Barack appear together, bare their souls, demonstrate the stronger bond that emerged from those troubles, they bond with the zillions of Americans that can empathize and connect. They indirectly demonstrate what a cold, conniving vulture Willard is.

Does Willard a world of good in his ambitions to lead the USA. Not.

211. Serial conservative spews:

@ 208

Germane (HA version dictionary) adj.

Referring to inappropriately procured dirt on a Republican in the possession of a Democrat.

Ex: The amount of tax Mitt Romney paid 10 years ago is germane to this discussion, because it might affect how he responds to a domestic terrorist threat when he becomes Commander in Chief after kicking Obama’s ass in two weeks.

212. Liberal Scientist is a Dirty Fucking Socialist Hippie spews:

Here’s the man about to displace Willard Romney is the eyes of America when they think about the Republican presidential ticket.

213. Serial conservative spews:

@ 210

Let’s assume that Obama responded to the filing, and alleged that Michelle Obama is a gold-digging, lecherous, conniving bitch who has been driving him to drink and who cares about nothing other than her own upward mobility in the corporate arena.

214. Liberal Scientist is a Dirty Fucking Socialist Hippie spews:

@211
As much as you wish otherwise, Willard’s deft avoidance of taxes is completely relevant given his pretensions to lead the US.

…when he becomes Commander in Chief after kicking Obama’s ass in two weeks.

Oooo…Robert the radiologist is getting testy, testy.

215. Serial conservative spews:

@ 212

I prefer the woman about to displace Michelle from FLOTUS:

http://twitter.com/dgjackson/status/260160441559437312/photo/1

217. Rael spews:

Re: Trump supposedly has Obama divorce papers …

Anybody who’d listen to anything negative Donald Trump
has to say about the Obamas’ marriage is an idiot.

218. Serial conservative spews:

@ 217
Anybody who’d listen to anything negative Donald Trump
has to say about the Obamas’ marriage is an idiot.

Anybody who’d listen to unsourced allegations about Mitt Romney’s tax returns uttered by Harry Reid isn’t any smarter.

219. Serial conservative spews:

Anybody looked at Intrade today? greg?

Someone’s sinking rather quickly.

220. Liberal Scientist is a Dirty Fucking Socialist Hippie spews:

Someone’s sinking rather quickly.

Um, wrong again, dipshit. Do you try to be this wrong?

Look here.

Obama and Romney have been stable for most of the year at 60/40. In fact, Romeny TANKED in September, and his October bounce has not gotten him back to where he was over the summer.

I LOVE pointing out your mistakes.

221. Roger Rabbit spews:

@213 Apparently you haven’t heard of “no fault” divorce, which has been around for, oh, forty years or so. In a no-fault divorce, you don’t have to allege anything, you simply file a paper that says you don’t want to be married to your spouse anymore.

222. Serial conservative spews:

In which Obama channels

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAoOoq6GRrw&feature=player_embedded

Fred Armisen.

This is your Hopenchange, HA libbies, in full realization that people are only going to listen to him for 14 more days.

223. Roger Rabbit spews:

We need new trolls. These 19th century trolls aren’t much fun.

224. Roger Rabbit spews:

Oatmeal Bob is so certain of a Romney victory I fear for him if Obama wins. He might do something awful to himself, something beyond crying into his baby bottle; e.g., he might hurl himself from his high chair.

225. Serial conservative spews:

@ 220

Hey, Lib Pinocchio, if Romney lost the debate to Obama last night, why is he up 3.2% on Intrade today? Use your own link.

It can be a multiple answer scenario. Obama’s in trouble on so many levels.

226. Rujax!..."bob", puddypussy, maxeeeee, and the Cyniklown: "The League of Delusionaty Assholes" spews:

217. Rael spews:

Re: Trump supposedly has Obama divorce papers …

Anybody who’d listen to anything negative Donald Trump
has to say about the Obamas’ marriage is an idiot.
10/23/2012 at 2:09 pm

And that, my good woman, would be the serial conservative.

227. Serial conservative spews:

@ 221

You’re licensed in IL, are you, RR? How many divorces with children are no-fault, RR?

228. rhp6033 spews:

In order for their to be a divorce, with charges and counter-charges, there would have to be a filing in court. Obviously, there is none, because if there were it would have been well documented by 2008.

The best they might come up with is a draft of a petition for divorce, with accompanying paperwork, which was never filed.

Or, it could all be something a right-wing paralegal working in a law office dreamed up and drafted.

Why hasn’t it come out beforehand? Because it won’t stand the scrutiny of examination. That’s the nature of the “October Surprise”, as practiced by Karl Rove. Throw out something at the end of the month, so that you can spend the next two weeks trying to get the other side to play defensive.

229. Serial conservative spews:

@ 221

No-fault divorce in IL doesn’t apply if there are children, RR.

Illinois is a no-fault divorce state.

This means that the party who wants a divorce does not have to show a specific misbehavior on the part of the other spouse, such as adultery, abandonment, drunkenness or addiction, abuse, etc.

The party simply has to state that there is no chance the marriage will be patched up, and that is sufficient grounds for a divorce.

Illinios also has a simplified dissolution procedure which appears to be modeled on that in California. You can get a divorce simply by filing a paper and attending a single session with the judge in “simple” situations where the following apply:

The marriage was 8 years or less.
There are no children and the wife is not pregnant by the husband.
There is no real estate.
Total property owned is less than $10,000.
Total combined gross income is less than $35,000 a year.
Neither party individually has a gross income from all sources of more than $20,000 a year.
There will be no alimony.

The parties have been separated for six months.
Parties have fully shared with each other all financial information.
The parties signed a written agreement dividing the assets and allocating debts.
Sections 5/401, 5/452.

230. Rujax!..."bob", puddypussy, maxeeeee, and the Cyniklown: "The League of Delusionary Assholes" spews:

Who here doesn’t think that the Clinton campaign would not have released papers like that (or rumors of the existence of such) in the heat of the 2008 Dem primary?

231. Rujax!..."bob", puddypussy, maxeeeee, and the Cyniklown: "The League of Delusionary Assholes" spews:

My beef with the President in this debate is that he did not correct Willard Romney’s reference to “Democrat” Senators.

232. Liberal Scientist is a Dirty Fucking Socialist Hippie spews:

He might do something awful to himself, something beyond crying into his baby bottle; e.g., he might hurl himself from his high chair.

I just hope he doesn’t go the way of Robert A. Hawkins and shoot up a mall somewhere.

233. Liberal Scientist is a Dirty Fucking Socialist Hippie spews:

@225
Dipshit, wrong AGAIN.

Look at the last 50 trades, Obama is up and Romney is tanking.

Longer term, as I said, Romney, despite the October ‘bounce’ has not gotten as high as he was over most of the summer.

buh-bye

234. Serial conservative spews:

@ 230


Who here doesn’t think that the Clinton campaign would not have released papers like that (or rumors of the existence of such) in the heat of the 2008 Dem primary?

I guess since no one has seen Barack’s undergrad transcripts, they must not exist.

235. Serial conservative spews:

@ 231


My beef with the President in this debate is that he did not correct Willard Romney’s reference to “Democrat” Senators.

Rujax, your beef with the debate is that it wasn’t conducted completely by Sesame Street characters using small words.

236. Serial conservative spews:

@ 233

Look at the last 50 trades, Obama is up and Romney is tanking.

Romney is up 3.2% on the day, but since the last 50 trades have him down 0.2%, he’s ‘tanking’?

Dude, don’t be personally responsible for the college investments you have made for your children. Give them a chance to succeed. Turn everything over to someone who hasn’t sustained a massive head injury.

237. Darryl spews:

Richard @ 128,
Thanks for that interesting analysis. I cannot find an email from you, but I sent you an email with some alternative email addresses to try.

RE: discrepancy between state-weighted popular vote and the averages of national polls: There are two obvious explanations.

First, it may be sampling error. If you used all of the current polls, you have a sample size of 105,339 responses from 146 polls. The RCP average of national polls has a sample size of 11,328.

Second, the state head-to-head polls are, on average, made up of older evidence. Therefore any change in the dynamics of the race are more quickly caught by the national polls.

238. Richard Pope spews:

Rabbit @ 221

Illinois is NOT Washington and is NOT California.

Illinois does NOT have “no fault” divorce.

You have to have either (1) two years of actual separation (without sexual intercourse, etc. at all) or (2) prove one of several possible fault grounds — such as physical or mental cruelty, or adultery.

If Donald Trump has really unearthed previously sealed Obama v. Obama divorce papers, they could be explosive. Most of the time, the wife is the petitioner for divorce, especially in “fault” states.

Imagine a notarized divorce petition signed by Michelle Obama, accusing Barack Obama of “cruelty” of some sort. The effect could be devastating …

Of course, the Donald is a congenial liar — or is that a congenital liar — and I would be as skeptical of Obama’s Illinois divorce papers, as I am of his Kenyan birth certificate …

239. Piltdown Man spews:

231. Rujax!…”bob”, puddypussy, maxeeeee, and the Cyniklown: “The League of Delusionary Assholes” spews:
My beef with the President in this debate is that he did not correct Willard Romney’s reference to “Democrat” Senators.

10/23/2012 AT 2:40 PM

For once, I agree with the loser known as rujaxoff – Romney should have used the correct term “Demorats”…..although “Democrooks” would have sufficed as well.

240. Hahhahahaahahahahahhahhahahaahhaahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahhahahaha-cough-cough-hahahahhhhhahhahahahahhhachortlehahahahhahahhahhhhahaahhaahahhaahhahahahhahahhhahahahahhahahahahahahhahahahahahhahahahahahhahahahahahhahhahahahahahahhahahahahahhahahahahahha spews:

lol

241. Richard Pope spews:

Apparently, Gloria Allred has similar types of dirt to unearth on Mitt Romney tomorrow:

http://www.radaronline.com/exclusives/2012/10/gloria-allred-mitt-romney-october-surprise-gag-order

242. Richard Pope spews:

Wouldn’t it be great if Donald Trump & Gloria Allred’s October surprise is they’ll be making a tandem jump off of the Brooklyn Bridge?

243. Hahhahahaahahahahahhahhahahaahhaahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahhahahaha-cough-cough-hahahahhhhhahhahahahahhhachortlehahahahhahahhahhhhahaahhaahahhaahhahahahhahahhhahahahahhahahahahahahhahahahahahhahahahahahhahahahahahhahhahahahahahahhahahahahahhahahahahahha spews:

@242

YES!

244. YLB spews:

Romney should have used the correct term “Demorats”…..although “Democrooks” would have sufficed as well.

Nice to know that you “abhor” the Republicans more than those you call “Demorats” or “Democrooks”..

Self identified progressives are very much to the left of mainstream D’s. And you say you “abhor” Republicans ALMOST as much..

LOL!

245. Piltdown Man spews:

AWWWW…YLBitch is sad because I refuse to play by his rules…

here’s a secret chump: I dont care what you think.